The lost city

Trip Start Nov 09, 2011
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Monday, February 20, 2012


Thursday
9th

it was about 11pm and we were half asleep when suddenly the van began to
shake like mad it took us at least 60 seconds to realise it was an
earth tremor and we were woken at 2am by an even worse one, van
shook, glasses rattled very odd experience not scary just very
different than anything else we had ever experienced.. so in the
morning we checked with the camp-site manager and yes they get the
rumbles about once a fortnight...so we were again blessed with being
in the right place at the right time..because it was amazing to be
there to feel a quake, a tremor, the ground move....



so not really knowing how widespread the damage was going to be after 12
months we set off for the city....devastating.... roads were still
closed rubble still in piles, houses still left as they were that
night in feb 2011..road works everywhere as they try and repair roads
torn in half...eventually after much traffic diversion we found the
car park in the the park and walked into the city... about
2sq miles of the city centre is still cordoned off... behind 6ft wire fences
mostly with buildings in what seemed to be three states..either just
a pile of rubble where they had been safely demolished ready to
rebuild..or still cracked and falling down..or just empty shops, left
untouched since the fateful night with warning signs on the door "do
not enter"..one example was a clothes shop, we were able to look in
the window and saw shirts all over the floor, where they had fallen
last february and were now covered in dust...spooky...eerie and
sad...windows of many buildings had “all clear” and the date
written on in bright yellow paint ...and others had huge metal
girders screwed to them hoping to hold them up... one thing I found
eerie was the weeds growing through what used to be the main high
street...!!..the area was the height of activity with building work
in progress and we just about caught a glimpse of the devastated
cathedral …



the good news is they are all so positive we spoke to a few people and
they say things are getting back to normal and we just all pull
together..in a safe area just outside the fences is “program
restart” where retail outlets and café bars have joined containers
together painted them bright colours and used them as new premises
for business...the area has been paved and planted up and looks very
interesting and different..

we walked over to the museum which was free and very interesting on 4
floors with many interesting areas from the history of the moaris to
modern science we spent a while there..but sadly the information area
on the earthquake was closed which would have been interesting to
see..

a very interesting day if not a little sad too....












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